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Installing the WordPress Platform

Signing up for WordPress is free and easy. Simply go to the home page and click on the “Get Started” button. This takes you to a registration page where you can set up an account and choose a name for your blog. WordPress will tell you right away if somebody is already using the name you select. If the name you want is available, you will be sent an email with a link that activates your WordPress account.

You are now ready to create your first blog. The page you will build it from is called the dashboard. This is where you determine what your blog is going to look like, which features you want to include on your blog page, and what tools you want to use to manage your blog.

The buttons on the left are what you use to create your settings, make changes and add new features to your blog. You are going to want to learn how these work. Fortunately, each comes with a quick tutorial, mostly video, that tell you what each button does and how to use it. 

The dashboard will be the command center for your blogs. It is where you will go to write new blog posts, manage comments, check the analytics on blog posts you already have posted, control the way your blog looks, and add new plug-ins. You also can use the dashboard to create entirely new blogs instantly. 

Writing a new blog post is as simple as clicking on the “Posts” button on the left side of the dashboard, then selecting “Add New”. This will create a page where you can begin writing. There’s a box for your headline and another box underneath where you write the text for your blog post. There also are a bunch of icons for the different functions you can use, such as adding photos and videos, using bold and italics, adding bullet points, including links and so on.

Adding new post

As you write, WordPress will automatically save versions periodically, or can click “Save Draft” button” at any time. If you want to see what your blog post is going to look like when you publish it, click on the “Preview” button.  When you are finished writing your blog post, use the “Categories” and “Tags” in the right hand column to add keywords and categories that will make it easier for people to find your blog post online. 

When you have completed writing your blog post and are satisfied with the way it looks, as soon as you click on the “Publish” button your blog post will be posted on the WordPress “Freshly Pressed” page and also sent to any subscribers you might have.

If you want to edit or change your blog post after it has been published, you can go in and make whatever modifications you want and save it. Then anybody who looks at your blog post from that point on will only see the corrected version. You also can delete any blog post whenever you want.
To install WordPress on your hosting site, simply install it using cPanel and through Fantastico. All you need to do is choose the WordPress option and install it and it will be loaded automatically.